Smoky Chipotle Potato Salad

Looking for something simple and smoky to pair with your grilled meats? This smoky chipotle potato salad is a perfect match. It’s not thick on the sauce – instead, it lets the chipotle peppers and adobo sauce do their job. They provide a nice smoky heat to the potato side, and the adobo adds an excellent earthiness. Feel free to add ingredients as well – both corn and bacon work well and can be added to this simple recipe.

Chipotle peppers alone provide a nice earthy smokiness, but if you want a little more smoke (without the heat), try a dash of liquid smoke in the recipe. You can also increase the heat without the smoke by adding in some crushed red pepper. Careful with the amount you add – start with a small amount (like half a teaspoon) and ramp up. Crushed red pepper can add a surprising amount of heat relatively quickly.

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Smoky Chipotle Potato Salad

Smoky Chipotle Potato Salad

Smoky and earthy – perfect with grilled meats
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side
Servings 8 people
Calories 142 kcal


  • 2 pounds baby red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley minced
  • 3 scallions chopped (both green and white parts)
  • 1 chipotle pepper minced (from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil more as needed to coat
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce


  • In a large pot of boiling water, add the baby red potatoes and a pinch of salt. Boil the potatoes for 8 to 10 minutes (until they are cooked through).
  • Remove the potatoes from the water and allow them to cool to near room temperature. Cut each potato into quarters.
  • Add the potatoes to a large bowl and add the celery, parsley, scallions, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and liquid smoke. Stir to coat. Add additional olive oil and/or red wine vinegar as needed to coat/adjust tanginess.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, then serve.


Corn and/or bacon are excellent additions to this chipotle potato salad. Add 1/2 cup fresh corn to the recipe and/or 3 to 4 pieces of crumbled bacon.  
To increase the smokiness, you can add more chipotle (also increasing the spiciness) or a dash of liquid smoke. 
Want more heat without the smoke? 1/3 teaspoon crushed red pepper is a good place to start. Adjust up from there. 


Calories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSodium: 123mgPotassium: 527mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 28.4mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1.2mg
Keyword Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, Chipotle Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on July 28, 2022 to include new content.
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